Assistant Editor and novice shooter Kathleen Davis challenges herself to take her photography to the next level with an online course at See what we can learn along with her.

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Techniques of Natural Light Photography taught by Jim Zuckerman

Lesson Four: Window Lighting

In our final lesson Zuckerman discussed using natural light from windows, on its own and mixed with artificial light. Using window light as a main source of illumination is soft, natural, and flattering. As Zuckerman said in the lesson, “Instead of destroying the appropriate highlights and shadows with flash, when you use ambient window light you retain the correct relationship between light and dark in the picture.”

Most of the examples in the lesson involved subjects indoors illuminated in full or part from different angles by window light. He also discussed twilight and night photos of buildings lit from within and natural light through stained glass.

After the Jump, my photos and Zuckerman’s critiques.